Last week at General Committee, Mississauga City Council passed a motion in support of Bill 94, Highway Traffic Amendment Act (School Bus Camera Systems), 2017 after they received a deputation from Student Transportation of Peel Region (STOPR). STOPR plans and implements home-to-school transportation for approximately 65,000 students travelling to 400 school sites. Today, Council passed the resolution.
The resolution states that the City of Mississauga will work with the Ministry of Transportation and the Ministry of the Attorney General to assist on developing policy and regulations in support of Bill 94.
Bill 94 will make it easier to get convictions for drivers who don’t stop when lights are flashing and the stop arm is down on a school bus. The Bill updates the Highway Traffic Act to provide clear rules on using photographic or video evidence obtained through school bus camera systems in order to penalize offenders.
“The City of Mississauga is proud to be a leader in supporting technology that helps keep our citizens and streets safe,” said Ward 3 Councillor Chris Fonseca. “This bill will assist school bus drivers if they need to report a dangerous and aggressive driver while on their route.”
The resolution, brought forward by Councillor Fonseca, supports the City’s commitment to road traffic and pedestrian safety.
Councillor Fonseca is a member of the Traffic Safety Council, an advisory committee of Council that makes recommendations designed to protect students from the dangers of vehicular traffic.